Unusual Jewellery

Saturday, 14 September 2019

C and D research on jewellery signatures

Research on Jewellery marks/signatures C to D

Part of our jewellery marks in alphabetical order. Are you curious about the stamps on the back of your costume jewellery? Then we have a whole load of information. Including where possible the actual photo of the mark or trademark.

C - Often seen a C in a circle - This just means copyright. It may have other stamps with it or it may be on its own. If it is on its own, it is not very good for identifying who made the piece. However, this mark was used after 1955, when the need for copyrighting came into force.
Copyright C mark on this jewelry

Cadoro. 1954 - 1987, US company, based in Manhattan. The Hollywood Stars actors and friends Steve Stuart Brody and Dan Steneskieu founded the company. Following the death of Dan in the 70s (Unknown actual date). The company ceased production in the 70s. But the jewellery and trinkets were available until the 1980s until Steve Brody retired. Good quality, produced in small limited editions and now hard to find. They used unusual materials as well as traditional - chenille, gold metal, rhinestone, enamel and plastic. Renowned for making filigree bra and breastplates also. So that women could then wear see-through tops over the top of them.
Signed CADORO with or without the copyright symbol.

Camco - see Cathedral Art Metal Company below for more information.
camco jewellery camco signature mark

Capri Jewelry Inc - This company was based at 392, 5Th Avenue, New York, USA. They were in production from (1949?) 1952 until about 1977. But remained on the legal file until the early 1990s. One source sites that the owner was a Sol Smith. The jewellery company called DelNicola was incorporated into the Capri company around 1973. Underrated beautiful and well made. However, this company did not make their own jewellery. They purchased from other companies (Florenza and other jewellery businesses) They introduced the usual jewellery pieces: necklaces, bracelets, earrings and brooches from rhinestones, mock pearls and art glass. Jewellery advertisements can be found on the Internet. Signed Capri and ©Capri in block capitals (after 1955).

Cardin Pierre 1950s - today. Italian born designer who lives and works in France. Renowned for his space age and Avant Garde designs. Originally working with Elsa Schiparelli and then head of Christian Dior. Founding his own empire in 1950s, he went on to design not only fake jewelry but couture clothing, accessories, perfume, bags, cars and he purchased Maxim's restaurant chain in 1981. Preferring geometric shapes and motifs and showing such an elegance in design. Pierre Cardin also holds theatre performances for show casing his creations. as well as music festivals. In 1988, Pierre Cardin sold licences for his brand. Although this brought him a lot of money. It watered down his identity and futuristic style. His name was used on products, not associated with him. Logo is a curved P signature. For Pierre Cardin jewellery and accessories to buy. 
pierre cardin jewellery

Carnegie Hattie - 1939 - 1970s, US company owned by Hattie Carnegie (1886 - 1956) who was Austrian and emigrated to the US, when young. Produced cocktail jewelry to compliment her dresses. Signed Hattie Carnegie, Carnegie or HC or HAC in a diamond shape plaque. Initially expensive pieces and remain so today. Very collectible and sought after as did not copy other manufacturers.

Carolee - 1972 - present. Started by Carol Friedlander in the US, first as a kitchen table project that escalated into the company it is today. Produced jewelry that resembles the Duchess of Windsor's jewelry. Available in up market departments stores in many countries and now available online. Just celebrated their 40th anniversary. The Brook Brother Group, acquired Carolee in 2001. In 2017 it launched DECONIC. Based in Brooklyn. Selling contemporary and other luxury brands.

Castlecliff - 1918 - 1977. Clifford Furst and Joseph Bobley launced the company whilst working for other other. First signed their jewelry in 1941, when they first launched their brand. Their main designer was William Markle. Later Larry Vrba .A  New York based US company who produced high quality costume and sterling silver jewelry.
They uesed signatures such as "Castlemark" 1957, "Cassandra" after 1957, with or without the copyright. Also "Anne Klein for Castlecliffe" in 1977. The original company ceased in 1977. However in 1980s, they re-opened with Lucien Piccard as the head. The mark now is Castlecliffe Jewelry Div of Lucien Piccard.
Castlecliff jewellery

Cathedral Art Metal Company (Camco)  - US jewelry company in production between 1920s to the 1930s. They registered their trademark in January 1930s. Remained producing tie tack pins, brooches, necklaces until the late 2000s. Unsure at this point whether they are still in production. The company last renewed the trademark on the 13th January 2010 - it is up for renewal soon. So watch this space! Signed their pieces CAMCO.
camco signature stamp

Caviness Alice - 1945 - 2000 approximately. US, New York company that used the Alice Caviness signature with and without the copyright symbol after 1955, so not useful in dating with. They also like many had pieces produced that were unsigned including parure sets that would only have the one piece stamped. . Some were also made in W Germany, but these were signed W Germany and Alice Caviness.They were of silver or gold plated silver. Catalogue images can be found on the web, that will help with identification and age. This company sold at the higher end of the jewellery market.

Celebrity - New York, US based jewelry company. Estimated to have operated between 1950s to 1970s but little is known about them. High quality, hand set rhinestone in gold, silver or rhodium plate and a bit unusual was their speciality. Along side versatility. Sold at home parties and often included an extra earring - just in case of loss or to wear on a chain. Versatile in use, many had a double clasp on necklaces to convert into chokers or into a bracelet. It made them very attractive to buy. Stamped jewelry with the Celebrity mark or unsigned with a paper hang tag.
celebrity stamp signature

Chanel - 1914 - 1939, 1949 - present. French Coco Chanel designed her couture precious, and costume lines. Sold under the brand "House of Chanel" Some of her jewelry is also dated as well as signed. Famous for her high end bold, big and highly decorative pieces. Coco was very important in jewelry history as she revolutionised the non precious metal jewelry industry. Until the 1920s. Most jewellery was expensive often made of gold and silver. The people who did venture to wear costume jewelry were looked upon as poor. She however mixed real with costume. Famously wearing layers of strings of faux pearl necklaces. Designs include the Maltese Cross and in the 1990s real jewelry was first introduced into the Chanel collection. Coco died in 1971, but her legacy lives on today.

Cherry Chau - 1992 - ?2011. French company and designer born in Hong Kong, studied in London. Hair accessories and costume jewelry. Not to be confused with the bridal make up artist of the same name.

Ciner - 1892 - present, Founded by Emmanuel Ciner in 1892 and started out producing fine jewellery in precious metal with gemstone. This NY company then started to make fake jewelry that looked like real pieces in 1931. Consequently it produced high end pieces. Famous for using small sparkling stones and beautiful enamels. As well as 18 ct plated gold, Swarovski crystal and Japan faux pearls Marked Ciner after 1945, with or without the copyright sign.but previously unsigned. Under Cinerny online today. Famous for being 100% made in America.

ciner signature mark Ciner sappharine clip earrings

Ciro Pearls - Ciro Pearls started producing jewellery in 1917 in the UK. Until 1920 it sold all their range by mail order. In 1920 the company opened its first retail store. They also continued to sell by mail order and also from large department stores. By 1928 they not only sold imitation pearls, diamond, emerald, sapphire and ruby jewellery, but also white zircon, cultured pearls, marcasite, precious stones and gold jewellery. Later platinum was introduced.

At Ciro Pearls height the company had stores and outlets across the world. But as with most old jewellery companies - the mass import of imitation jewellery, in the 1970s and the 1980s, from Hong Kong and other Eastern countries with the following recession. They saw a downturn of profit and in November 1994 the company went into receivership. The Ciro name and company was brought by a London Businessman and now his family-run business continues with the Ciro name. The Ciro jewellery company can still be found online - but does not appear to have any updates since 2018?

Ciro Pearls advertised with pride that their faux pearl and diamante items were difficult to tell from real pearls and diamonds. They produced necklaces, bracelets, brooches, earrings, dress and double clips, rings, badge brooches of regiments, crown jewels reproduction and much more.

Vintage Ciro Pearls is usually marked Ciro or CP. However, there will always be some of their jewellery that is not marked - as with all companies. Also, some Ciro Pearls jewellery is marked twice with Ciro and the company who made it. Ciro adverts. Ciro Pearl jewellery and boxes to buy.

ciro pearls box logo black Ciro Pearls famous necklace  Ciro Pearls cameo jewellery set
Big bold Ciro jewellery

C J - Unknown signature. On many Scottish styled and inspired jewellery. Either marked just C J or C J Scotland. Note there appear to be multiple companies using CJ or C & J. So care should be taken when identifying your piece.

Claiborne Liz - Fashion designer Belgium/American 1929 - 2007. Established her company in the 1980s. Sold clothing, accessories and jewellery. Signed LC, and/or on a signature card.
Claire's Stores Inc - 1974 to present, worldwide international company for a young fashionable teenager or young adult jewellery and accessories. Aimed at children from 3 to young women of 27. Signature tag with just Claire's on denotes their items. In Jan 2012 they had 3017 stores worldwide. They also have ear piercing facilities. The other brand the company uses is Icing in North America.
Liz Clairbourne signatureon back of jewelry

Claire's - Claire's Accessories. 1974 - still in business. Aimed at young women, teenagers and children (3 to 18). They offer fun and affordable jewellery across the world. Also, have another brand Icing - see information in alphabetical order. We have plenty of Claire's accessories available in stock in our collections.

Claire's tag on necklace Claire's trademark Claire's trademark on packet 

Coro company started in 1901 in the USA. It closed in the US in 1979 and in Canada in 1998. One of the most successful fake jewelry makers of the twentieth century. Produced with sterling silver during World War Two due to the lack of metal available. Also used many other names including Corocraft, Coro-Craft, Vendome and Jewelcraft.
Up to 1955 they patented their designs after they copyrighted them. Some of their jewelry is signed and some not. Had factories in the US and also Sussex, UK.
Coro - US jewelry company that had a factory in Sussex, the UK from 1949. So although not English they did produce jewellery here in the Uk and you can find some pieces signed as such. In production from 1901 to 1979. The factory was taken over by Swarovski in the late 1970s or early 1980s. The jewellery is both signed and unsigned. Coro also produced many other pieces under various names including Corocraft, Jewelcraft and their high end pieces Vendome.
Corocraft - see signatures used by Coro, Jewelcraft, Corocraft, Vendome in alphabetical order.
corocraft signature mark Corocraft trademark on packet

Countess Fine Bone China - produced by Harleigh China Gift Ware Ltd of Amison Street, Longton, Stoke On Trent. At least 1971 to closed in 1988. 1971 is the earliest established date but may have started a lot sooner. Bone china pendants, plaques and giftware produced. See bone china jewellery.

Coventry Sarah. Started in 1949 by the C H Stuart company. Selling at fashion and home parties, with department stores in the late eighties to early nineties. In the 1960s the company expanded and began home selling in England, Scotland, Canada, Belgium and Australia. Reaching its peak in the 1980s the company went into decline and stopped trading in the mid-nineties. However, had a brief revival in 2003 in the US to 2008. Some of its jewellery for the UK was actually made here in the UK. You will find boxes stating this little known fact. See Emmons jewelry also.
A huge amount of jewelry and accessories can be found today still - Sarah Coventry brooches, necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, men's jewelry, children's jewelry, scarves and key rings.

Each collection was advertised in brochures which helps dating. Several books have also been written which are also invaluable for the name of each piece and matching items. Advertisements in magazines can be found. 

Jewelry signed Sarah Coventry or an abbreviation: S C, Sarah Cov, Also marked targeted country on some jewelry i.e GB, UK and Canada. It is known that "Coventry" and "Sarah Coventry" was used from 1949, The mark "SC" was used from 1950. "Sarah " and "Sarah Cov" from 1951 and 1953 respectively. The mark SAC may not be from this company as there is no documented evidence. We have some old trade magazines that are available for you to browse on our blog posts. These may help with identification.
sarah coventry signature with copyright Sarah Cove signature sarah coventry on box lid trademark

Czechoslavakia - signed on some jewelry pieces. The country became Czechoslovakia as previous Bohemia. The country came into being after the first World War in late October 1918. So jewelry signed Czechoslovakia is dated from 1918. Care need to be taken when distinguishing Czechoslovakian jewelry, some are marked and some are not. The findings are quite distinctive. But take care that it is genuine. They are often made with good quality glass beads and garnets. However most Czech jewelry will be dated between the First World War and the second. Because in WW2, the Germans took over and most of the jewelry makers were in Jewish communities. Never recovering it's early years of brilliance.

Danecraft - 1934 - present, Providence, Rhode Island, US company. The founder was of Italian heritage (Victor Primavera). Produced sterling silver and fake jewelry.

Daub Andreas - 1875 to present. German company producing high quality plated and fine jewelry. Signature is A * D.

Dawson Edith - Created beautiful enamelled jewellery. Wife of Montague Fordham. Arts & Crafts designer of birds and floral delights.

Dawson Nelson - (1859 - 1942) Founded the Artificer's Guild in 1901 in London's Chiswick district. Taken over 2 years later by Montague Fordham. Arts & Crafts era.

DeLizza & Elter (D & E) - 1947 - 1990s, Brooklyn, US company sold worldwide. Made jewelry also for other companies including Weiss, Kramer, Hobe, Eisenberg, Sarah Coventry and hundreds of others. Also sold under the name "Juliana". Glitzy jewels produced over a long period of time with most unsigned but have features that pronounce them as D & E.

DeNicola - 1957 - 1973, New York, US company. Founded by Jerry De Nichola in the 1950s. Collectible for their Zodiac pieces and interesting unusual designs including the angel and George & Dragon design. In 1962 they produced a series of sea life inspired pieces called "Real Life" followed in 1964 by the "Young American" series. Became part of Capri before closing down in 1973.

Denton China English china manufacturers originally based in Stoke on Trent where most of the UK potteries started. Now based in Berkshire. Produced a range of china flower jewellery. Brooches and earring, matching sets can be found. Bone china jewellery to buy.

Demario Robert - 1945 - 1965, NY USA company.

Destiny - UK company selling silver jewellery.

Destiny trademark on card

De Rosa - 1934 - 1970, Ralph De Rosa Company of New York, USA. Sterling silver used during World War Two, like most US companies and produced fake jewelry.

Diamonds and Pearls - Small UK stores selling costume pieces. Available briefly in the mid-2000s. They may be no longer trading.
Diamonds and pearls trademark on card

Dior Christian - 1948 - present. French company. Fashion, accessories, beauty, perfume and jewelry production. Christian Dior jewelry was produced from 1948 in Germany. Marked "Christian Dior" produced by Mitchel Maer (Between 1952 and 1953) An American designer working in England and Chr Dior Germany with a date by Henkel & Grosse from 1955 to today.

DKYN - 1984 - present. Donna Karan, New York, USA company. Clothing, perfume accessories, jewelry and watches. Jewelry that you can't miss, it seems to have its name written all over it!

Dodds - 1952 - 1997. New Jersey, USA. Sold jewellery kits as well as jewelry. Can also have the following signatures due to the location: West 31 street, 11 w 30 st inc, 30 w st inc, w 30 st inc and also Doddz. Famous for their cat pins.  

D'Orlan - 1957 - present, a Canadian company. Founder Maurice Bradden, a protege of Marcel Boucher and first designed for the Avon, Belleville company. He established a factory in Canada in 1957. Manufacturer for Lancel and Nina Ricci jewelry. Famous for using Austrian crystal and producing good quality pieces.
Du Jay - 1934 - 1972, Many pieces were unsigned. High gloss enamel, pave, and bead detail is typical of the company who were originally fine jewelry makers.
D'orlan signature mark

DQCZ - Diamonique brand from the TV channel QVC. Cubic Zirconia synthetic stones are quality cut to resemble real diamonds.

Duke Elizabeth sold by the chain store Argos in the UK. Started around 1980 and named after the director's wife. Now changing to another brand "Jewellery and Watches" Good quality pieces that many have stood the test of time. Unsigned but can still be found in their original signed boxes.
Elizabeth Duke logo

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Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Research on Jewellery marks and trademarks

Research on jewellery marks| Trademarks | Jewelry Signatures | UK Signed Jewellery Information | Identification Guide | Signatures Of Designers
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Below is the research we have done in the UK and of international jewellery marks, signatures and trademarks. Looking at the information on the designer companies old and modern that made or still make designer costume jewelry in the UK, USA, US (America), France, West Germany, Italy, Hong Kong, Japan, China, Switzerland, Bohemia, New Zealand, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Africa, Thailand and Austria. We have included vintage fashion jewellery marks history, designer trademarks and patents as far as possible. Taking the stamps from the back of jewellery, boxes, cards and hangtag information available. This alphabetical list of costume jewellery signatures will be added to regularly.
We have moved this from our old website and have published it now on our longstanding blog. Unfortunately, the photographs are missing. So have a little patience whilst we locate and re-photograph many of the signatures, tags and cards. If a piece of jewellery is still available for sale we will include it. Payment is by Paypal transfer and we ship worldwide by signed and tracked shipments.

C - D| E - F | G - H | I - J | K - L | M - N | O - P | Q, R - S | T , U - V | X, Y - Z  |

Ace Fashions - 2003 - 2009. Chinese based company once based in London. Selling fashion, jewellery and footwear. 
ace fashions logo on card

Accessocraft - 1930 - 1998, US company with designer Theodore Steinman. The signature usually Accessocraft in a script or capital lettering.

Accessorize - 1970 - today. Started out as a one-man stall at Portobello Market in London. Now sold in the stores called Monsoon.
Accessorize trademark

A * D - Andreas Daub - This company started about 1880 and continues today. Founded by Andreas Daub in Germany, this goldsmith strived to produce high-quality jewellery. Not only in gold and silver but other non-precious metals. They produce 2 lines per year. So lots of jewellery out there to collect. Signed A * S on a tag or on the pieces. 

Agatha - 1974 to today. French company who opened their first boutique in Paris in 1976 and then went on to have over 200 boutiques in 23 countries. Famous for selling good quality jewellery. Their Scottie Dog design became so popular that they now have it on their logo.

Ainette - see Hollywood jewellery (UK company) on this blog.

AJC - America Jewelry Chain Co. They were in production from the late 1920s up to the late 1990s (1997). Quality jewellery with whimsical figural produced in the 1980s to 1990s and in limited editions make AJC items very collectable.

Alchemy Carta - see an extended article on this Gothic style company.
 Alchemy carta stamp on jewellery alchemy metal wear logo brand

Allen J J - Principle designer for the firm W & J Randell (Victorian)

Allen Kate - One of the Arts and Crafts designers in the first part of the twentieth century.

Allison Reed  - 1970s to today, although a merger of two companies in the seventies already well established. This was the Walter E Haywood company and the A & Z Chain company. Based in Providence, USA and still selling gold, silver and costume jewellery today.

Allusions -  Fashion jewellery once sold in BHS. Both companies no longer around.
allusions jewellery trademark signature

Am Lee-US company 1946 - ?, Produced sterling silver jewellery.

Angell Joseph - Victorian silversmith at the 10 Strand, London. Showed his jewellery at the 1862 exhibition.

Anise Et Moi - a brand sold at the Matalan store.

Art - 1955 - 1970s, The US company often reflected classical styles.

Ashbee Charles Rober - Born 1863 to 1942. Important for the Art Nouveau period, inspired Celtic and continental Art Nouveau designs. Also developed jewellery for Liberty & Co. Founded the Guild and School of Handicraft in 1888. Which was not open for long but now famous for its furniture, metalwork of course it's jewellery. His jewellery had peacocks, flowers, ships and included necklaces, buttons, cloak clasps, brooches - embellished with semi-precious stones.

Asprey & Co-Founded in 1781 in Surrey, UK and continues today. They moved to Bond Street, London in 1847. Flourishing in the nineteenth century and received two Royal Warrants and a gold medal at the Great Exhibition from Queen Victoria. Upmarket luxury goods and fine jewellery. Clients include royalty, music and stage stars.

Aston T & Sons - Victorian jewellers based in Birmingham. Exhibited at the 1862 Exhibition.

Attenborough Richard - Victorian craftsman based in Oxford Street, London. Exhibited in 1851 & 1862.

Attwood & Sawyer (A & S) - Produced quality imitation jewellery from 1957 to today. A UK company started in Porthcawl, Wales. Started by Mr Horace Atwood and with his partner Mr Sawyer, they produced jewellery including copies of the "Duchess of Windsor" jewellery. They distributed in stores across the UK, Europe and worldwide. Now very collectable vintage. The company has been brought by the Buckley jewellery Ltd, that are now reproducing the famous A & S designs.

Ascot - Unknown, possibly to do with Ascot racecourse souvenirs. Men's cufflinks, the 1950s signed in script Ascot

Askew - Askew of London seemed to be in production through the eighties to the early nineties. Their jewellery was often gold plated with a mix of statement necklaces, earrings, bracelets and brooches. Signed Askew of London. Famous owners of vintage pieces to date is Keira Knightley who was spotted wearing a bracelet. Prices are rising for these named pieces.

Aurora - Of London. They currently have a website online, but can not see any company information. Please note there are several companies with a similar name. 
aurora jewellery signature

Autui - New Zealand jewellery company. Found on a leather flower brooch. Unknown and sorry no info found. Probably about 2008 dated piece.

Austrian Jewelry produced in Austria. Stamped on the reverse "Austria" or if you are lucky to find the original hangtag still attached. Above average in quality and produced in vast quantities in the 20th century for import to other countries. Other famous names to look out for from Austria are Daniel Swarovski, Michaela Frey and FREYWILLIE 

austrian stamp with copyright mark  austrian jewelry set

  Avon - This US Company started around the 1880s. A door to door bookseller hit on the idea to also sell fragrances - and the company was in business. First called The California Perfume company. In 1939 the company became Avon Products. In 1965 the company produced its first Avon jewellery. So this is when Avon started to make jewellery. They were pieces that also had solid perfume compartments. The first ones were - bow-shaped brooch/pendant, cameo pin, solid perfume locket, owl, leaf. As well as rings, tie tack (Bue Blaze), pillbox and wishing charm necklace. For those interested - we have a collection of Avon's perfume brooches in our shop. 
Many other pieces followed and they still produce jewellery today. Famous designers for Avon have been: Kenneth J Lane, Elizabeth Taylor, Coreen Simpson, Jose Barrera, Celia Feraud, Shaill Jhaveri with many collections including the collectable Egyptian Revival. Signature AVON with or without the ©. The initials some times seen are not the designer but an internal code used for the company who manufactured the piece. Eg SH, NR, BW, SP, WN, MR, etc.

 avon in silver hallmark Avon in block capitals and copyright Avon again with copyright
Avon stamp mark avon logo on white box sleeve

A & Z Chain Company - 1905 - its amalgamation in about the mid-1970s into the Allison Reed company. Initially producing fine and plated (or gold filled as the American way of reference this) jewellery including chains. Based in the USA.

B David - 1945 - 1993, US company who produced some very pretty fake jewellery. Signed B David without the copyright symbol. 

Baker Oliver - (1859 - 1939) Produced fine silver buckle designs in hammered silver with strong entrelac or curled motif patterns. Usually embellished with semi-precious stones of a cabochon. He worked for Liberty.

Balleny John - Victorian of Birmingham. Showed brooches in the 1862 exhibition. 

Barcs - an Australian company that produced jewellery at least 1980s up to the present day, maybe earlier as unknown? Brooches, necklaces and clip-on earrings are still available. Signed BARCS in capitals with usually a design number. Possible link with Monet, as a brooch was almost identical except colours to a Monet piece.

Barclay - 1945 - 1957, US company who signed their jewellery "Barclay" ** not to be confused with McClelland Barclay pieces as they are separate companies.

Barclay McClelland - 1935 - 1943, a famous graphic designer who was unfortunately killed in World War Two. The Rice- Weiner company produced his pieces, because of the beauty and his tragic early death. His jewellery now commands high prices.

Beau/Beaucraft - the late 1940s to 2004. Produced high-class sterling silver jewellery based in the US. On the par with Coro for collectability.

Beau Jewels - 1950s - 1970s, US company. Little known about them but thought Bowman Foster Inc produced this line. Many of their lines had the earrings signed only and the brooches unsigned. 

Ben Reig - 1950s - 1970s, an early designer was Omar Kiam. Quite rare to find their jewellery.

Bengal Jacob - 1873 - present, Idar Oberstein, Germany. Famous for their Art Deco jewellery. Produced prolifically many different pieces. Exported worldwide including Woolworths in the UK. Galilaith and chrome were used. Unsigned. The company was closed during World War Two, one of the sons never returned as reported missing. Flourished in the 1950s and 1960s. Not marked jewellery maybe a sticker. Most went wholesale to a retailer who would have sold it under their own name.          
Berebi Edgar - New York company. The Berberi company started to produce jewellery in the early 1980s, with epoxy marbled earrings being their most produced as well as necklaces, bracelets and brooches. In the 2000s, this company changed direction completely and stopped producing jewellery and now make high-end homeware and accessories such as mirrors, trinket boxes, picture frames and much more. The signature includes engraved ©Berberi with the accents over the e's. Their early jewellery is unmarked and they used cards and paper stickers. Collectable earrings and other jewellery.
BJ - Unknown manufacturer  - would suggest imported from China during the eighties and nineties. Seemed to have produced a wide range of jewellery from the whimsical, animal, cameo and floral. In brooches and necklaces.

BillyBoy - Born in 1960 in Vienna and founded Surreal Couture and then Surreal Bijoux on the Rue De La Paix, Paris. BillyBoy created surreal jewellery for Thierry Mugler and Charles Jourdan. Collects haute couture dresses and Barbie dolls, writing a book in the late 1980s.

Boden Niki - 1990s - today, a German designer who is known for her fabulous mythical beasts, unusual designs and brilliant colours in necklaces, brooches, earrings and bracelets amongst many other decorative goods.

Bogoff - A husband (Henry Bogoff) and wife team that founded "Jewels by Bogoff" in Chicago. Produced high-quality fake jewellery in the 1940s and 1950s. Then 1946 to 1960s when the company closed after Henry's death. All the rhinestones were glued into place by hand. Necklaces, earrings, bracelets and brooches including matching jewellery sets were produced by them. Also pendant necklaces, imitation pearl necklaces and earring wraps. Signed © BOGOFF.

Boucher - 1937 - 1971, Marcel Boucher founded the US company. Jewellery marked Boucher or MB with the Phrygian cap. Marcel died in 1965, his wife Sandra ran the company after.

Brev - another name for patent or the ownership/copyright in Italian. Short for Brevetto. 
brev stamp with pat on jewellery

Brown A R - English pewter company that is based still in the UK. AR Brown produce pewter pins sculptured in animal and bird forms. Very detailed jewellery pins that are signed on the reverse. Great little collectables.
a r brown signature a r brown jewellery

Brown T S - Associated with A R Brown in that this company was started by his son. Also producing fine pewter pins but aimed at the country sportsman. Includes fishing, hunting and sports pins. Also, produce keyrings and pewter sculptures. Started in 1986 and uses high-quality English pewter.

BSK - US, New York company in production from 1948 to 1983 approximately. Produced good quality jewellery which was originally sold in Woolworths and other department stores. Rising in price due to their enamel work which was very good. Also produced a range for the film "My Fair Lady" which are now very sought after. Signed BSK with the © symbol. The My Fair Lady pieces are signed as such as well as the designer. BSK stands for Benny Steinberg, Slovitt, Kaslo who were the founders of the company.
bsk signature mark

Butler & Wilson - 1960s to today. It was in the sixties that the two men met in London. Simon Wilson born in Glasgow had previously trained as a hairdresser, he had been told of another man who looked just like his twin! Meeting Nicky Butler the similarities were in looks, both had blond long hair and both skinny. But their personalities were very different. The two teamed up and started to sell antique and vintage pieces from a market stall along the Portobello road. Specializing in Art Deco and Art Nouveau pieces. Soon in the late sixties, they were using parts of jewellery that were both antique and vintage in their own designs.

In 1972 they moved to their first shop in Fulham Road in London and continued to design their own range of jewellery. The eighties with the fashion for large statement pieces allowed Wilson and Butler to expand further. A large 6-foot billboard of Catherine Deneuve, displayed outside their shop, set the trend for other celebrates to appear being paid with jewellery from the designers. Amongst the celebrates that wear Butler and Wilson are Kate Moss, Sharon Stone, Dame Edna Everage, Jerry Hall and Faye Dunaway. Princess Diana was also a big fan, often dropping into the shop with a single bodyguard to make her choice.

In the mid-eighties, Simon Wilson took over the business when Nicky Butler went to America. They found that they wanted different directions. Nicky wanted to expand and live in the US, whereas Simon wanted to stay in London. So the famous team parted. Nicky now designs silver and gemstone items, very distinctive and very recognizable with its influences taken from antique museum collections and Indian jewellery. He lasciviously uses multiple and oversized stones. Like Simon, Nicky has sold through television shopping channels (HSN) and still retains a consultancy role in the Wilson and Butler Company to this day.

The recession in the nineties hit Wilson and Butler hard, forced to close their shop in Glasgow brought home the importance of diversification within a business. So the nineties saw the company add a unique range of bags, shoes and accessories and in the early part of this century, they added a collection of jewellery made from semi-precious stones. Further expansion in 1994 has seen Butler and Wilson selling their distinctive glitzy jewellery and their flamboyant accessories on the shopping channel QVC. In 2007 the men's range was introduced and recently beautiful vintage inspired clothing. Along with selling their items on QVC, Wilson and Butler have a website and three shops. Two in London at Chelsea and Mayfair with a third in Monte Carlo.

Their limited production of items allows the jewellery and other products to be potentially very collectable. Their early ranges from the seventies and eighties are sought by many collectors worldwide.

Two books have been produced:

Rough Diamonds The Butler and Wilson Collection in April 1994 by Vivienne Becker.

Now out of print but copies are still available in second-hand book shops and on the Internet.

Butler and Wilson 40 Years published July 2009 by Simon Wilson and Madeline Marsh. A special edition with a jewel-encrusted cover is also available. Produced to celebrate 40 years in business; each book donates a percentage to Breast Cancer Care. Why because their shop in Fulham road was next to one of the largest cancer units. Women who had been diagnosed or attending for treatment would drop into the shop and buy a piece of jewellery to cheer themselves up.

You may also be lucky to source one of their catalogue produced over the years on the Internet, but they now command high prices.

Butler and Wilson are marked B & W.

Simon Wilson is a workaholic, enjoying a simple life in London. He still loves antique markets and has never attended a jewellery course in his life.

Butler & Wilson is very collectable and now commands high prices for many ranges. 

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